The One With the Watercolor Leaves

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Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I apologize for not having a post up yesterday.  I meant to, but didn't feel 100% and didn't want to be on the computer at all.  I literally have about 8 posts to share with you, so I'm really mad at myself that I didn't force myself to post.  I guess that means I'm going to have to spam in the next week or so.  Actually one or two posts are blank, and one is a swatch, sooooo I guess it's not too far behind.

Today I'm sharing with you a watercolor leaf design which was inspired by 25 Sweet Peas design.  I loved Sarah's manicure so much that I wanted to attempt to re-create it.  I wasn't about to try to do the design on all 10 of my nails because I didn't have much confidence that I would do Sarah's design justice.  So, I just did a few nails and accented it all with a glitter and black.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • FingerPaints - Golden Glaze
  • Sinful Colors - Pumpkin Spice
  • Serendipity Polish - Building My Empire
  • Acrylics
I think, just think, I might have figured out how Sarah got this look.  It was really an experiment figuring it all out.  I started off with a base coat of My Boyfriend Scales Walls, the perfect off white polish for a design like this.  I think if I used a bright white, the design wouldn't have shown up the same.  After my base was dried, I went through with a small paint brush and black and added the outline of the leaves.

Once my leaves were dried, I took watered down acrylic polish and filled in the leaves, and created the water colored dots.  I let them dry for about 20 seconds before I took a dry paint brush and let the water absorb into the bristles.  Alternatively, you could use a napkin or q-tip to absorb the water.  When the water leaves, you're left with the water color look.  Now, you must make sure that they are COMPLETELY dried before adding the top coat, or you will smear the colors because there is water mixed in still.  Dry time is about five minutes, so it's not a long wait.

I bought Pumpkin Spice years ago, and honestly, I don't know if I ever used it.  I think it's a dupe of the China Glaze glitter that came out for The Hunger Games years and years ago.  It's a gold and red micro-hex glitter.  My bottle settled like crazy so I really had to shake it up big time.  It didn't effect the application what-so-ever.

My new favorite black polish, Building My Empire from the Call Me Boss Lady collection.  One coat coat!  I'm so impressed with Serendipity Polish and love their collections.  I cannot wait for the winter collection, which they confirmed to me on Instagram they're working on!

What do you think of this look?  Something you would try? Ever tried the watercolor look using acrylics??

 Until next time, <3.

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